November 1, 2007 Volume XVII, No. 10
Community Association, Inc. 44025 Courtland Drive Ashburn, VA 20147
INSIDE: Results of 2007 Annual Meeting
Inside for November Monthly Departments Presidentâ€™s Report .......................... 3 Board Briefs .................................... 4 Inside the Village ............................ 7 Lakeshore Condo News ................ 10 Around the Village ......................... 11 Community Policing Corner .......... 12 Village Kids ................................... 14 Village Seniors .............................. 19 Pavilion News ................................ 23 Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue .. 30
Featured Information Replacing Walkway Lights .............. 6 Mandatory Water Restrictions ........ 8 Results of 2007 Annual Meeting ...... 9 Tennis Ball Recycle Bin ................ 10
Articles Gardening Tips .............................. 17 Update on Facilities & Grounds .... 18 The Library Corner ......................... 20 Ashburn Classics .......................... 28 Housing Report ............................. 32 The Critter Corner .......................... 33
Community News & Information Homeowner Board Members ........... 4 Association Staff ............................. 5 Committee Meeting Dates ............... 5 Calendar ........................................ 45
Advertising Classified Advertising .................... 38 Advertiser Index ............................ 46 Rate Card ..................................... 46
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The Ashburn Villager
President’s Report PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Richard Nutwell President 2006–2007 Board of Directors
Happy November, I am hastily writing this report the day after our annual meeting (which occurred on 18 October), on the absolute drop dead date for final edit before The Villager goes to press. I wanted to wait to write this until the meeting was over, so I could reflect on last night’s meeting. Hopefully all found the meeting to be an absolute success, as I did. Thanks to the staff for the superb choreography of the event and the volunteers on the election committee who ensured a technical success. But most importantly, thanks to the homeowners who took the time out of increasingly hectic schedules to attend. The sheriff began the session with an overview of crime and his organization’s aggressive, well thought out response to it, with the centerpiece being the community police concept. The meeting continued with a quorum declaration (informal count was 636 proxies returned) and proof of notice of meeting. By acclamation, three candidates were elected for the three vacant positions. Congratulations to Rick Clements, Jennifer Horvath and Dorothy Shannon. The meeting covered many aspects of Village life, our accomplishments this year, and the increasing changeoriented environments that we are undergoing both in the country and in the Village itself. We outlined and discussed many of the vexing challenges we are facing in the future. A few of the accomplishments: 100% lot by lot inspections performed; a multiyear contract negotiated
for the management of our Sports Pavilion; a $500k proffer commitment dedicated to future Pavilion modernization and expansion as part of a rezoning application; a successful close week at the Pavilion; continuing improvements in The Villager such as colorization of the front and back; and internal office improvements such as cost savings by changing our insurance carrier and changes in improved planning, programming and evaluations of processes and procedures. Changes and challenges: Crime (increased sheriff patrol and revitalization of Neighborhood Watch Committee); the interchange planned at Route 7 and Ashburn Village Boulevard; the appearance and health of our Lakes (a major decision on this is on the Board addenda for the 23 October meeting, which will most likely result in a mid cycle change in contractors); improvement in the chronic challenge of lighting on the boulevard and residential streets (continuing high level staff and board attention to this issue); selection and prioritization of capital projects outlined in the recent survey (planned for the November board meeting . . . a special thanks to the unprecedented number of homeowners who took the time to fill out the survey); a revitalization of our website and finally dealing with the real possibility of a multi-year drought cycle. These are just some of the issues we (and I stress we) face. I had the pleasure of presenting the Volunteer of the Year award to a most deserving individual, Jenna Graham (due to Villager deadline requirements, a detailed article on her accomplishments will be included in our next issue). But volunteerism forms the lead in to my final thoughts. Staff alone is not able to nor should they be tasked with solving or fixing all these challenges. They can only be addressed by a mix of motivated and dedicated volunteers augmented by appropriate staff support. Please look at your busy schedules and remember only you (collectively) can address these issues. Please become an active part of a committee of your choice. Finally, as my year as President is ending, I would like to thank all the staff (including the Pavilion staff) for your continued dedication to excellence and to the volunteers on committees and the board for your unrelenting continuing efforts.
The Villager is published monthly by the Ashburn Village Community Association, Inc., for the residents of Ashburn Village.
November 1, 2007
Board of Directors
Richard Nutwell, President email@example.com
The September 25, 2007 regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Board President Richard Nutwell.
Dorothy Shannon, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org 2005 –2007 Term
Staci Harvey, Secretary – Declarant David Austin, Treasurer (703) 729-0832 residence email@example.com 2006–2008 Term
Robert “Tuck” Brant, Declarant Jennifer Horvath firstname.lastname@example.org 2005 –2007 Term
Perry Immerman email@example.com 2006–2008 Term
Carl Levine firstname.lastname@example.org 2006–2008 Term
Rick Clements email@example.com 2007 Term
Need to contact the Board? Email messages can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Among other business: • Received the monthly community policing report. • Approved the Board meeting minutes of July 24, 2007. • Approved a variance request by 20886 Killawog Terrace for the planting of trees at the left rear corner of the property. • 43945 Afton Terrace—Cured. • Determined that the Board does not have authority to approve installations such as the improvement requested, over a storm drain easement at 20227 Birdsnest Place. • Tabled a variance request for planting on common area by 44416 Livonia Terrace until the next Board meeting. • Approved a variance request by 20861 Killawog Terrace for the existing concrete paver patio and steps located at the rear of the property. Continued on page 6
Board • Meeting — Information • The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors will be held at 6:00 p.m. on November 27, 2007 at the Lakes Recreation Center, 44078 Cheltenham Circle. An agenda is posted on the website, www.ashburnvillage.org and at both the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion and AVCA office on Courtland Drive at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Homeowners with Board business should arrive in time to sign in and will be asked to adhere to a 3-minute speaker’s limit. Contact the AVCA office at (703) 723-7910 if you have any questions.
The Ashburn Villager
Ashburn Village Community Association, Inc. (703) 723-7910 Direct • (703) 478-8583 Fax • www.ashburnvillage.org 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. • Monday – Friday
Association Staff Management Team Melissa Flewellyn, x101 General Manager email@example.com Crishana L. Loritsch, CMCA®, AMS®, x102 Resident Services Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Roberts, x105 Facilities & Grounds Manager & Deputy General Manager email@example.com Mark Schnupp, x106 Facilities & Grounds Asst. Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Bonnie Jerry, x103 Finance Manager & Personnel Officer email@example.com
Office Staff Jill Thompson, x107 Covenants Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org Ellen McCullough, x100 Member Services Coordinator email@example.com Beth Kincaid Newsletter Coordinator & Webmaster firstname.lastname@example.org Julie Serone, x123 Accountant email@example.com VACANT Accounts Receivable Bookkeeper Jason Bailey Facilities & Grounds Assistant Adam Puffenburger Facilities & Grounds Assistant November 1, 2007
Committee Meetings Check Village message boards and our website for any last minute changes and for important information. Message boards are located on Ashburn Village Boulevard at the Waxpool entrance of the Village near Fultonham Circle (northbound lane) and at the Rt. 7 entrance to the Village at Courtland Drive (southbound lane), as well as near the pool areas of the Mills, Lakes, and Woods Recreation Centers.
Upcoming Meetings Board of Directors (BOD) Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle
Architectural (AERC) Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 p.m. AVCA Office, Courtland Drive
Budget & Finance (B&FC) Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle
Competitive Swimming Committee (AVCSC) Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle
Facilities & Grounds (F&GC) Monday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. Mills Recreation Center, Grottoes Drive
Lakes & Ponds (L&PC) Wednesday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. Mills Recreation Center, Grottoes Drive
Neighborhood Watch (NHW) Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle
Recreation and Community Events (R&CEC) Contact Cam Miller/ AVSP (703) 729-0581
Tennis (AVTC) Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. Woods Recreation Center, Louisa Drive 5
Board Briefs (cont’d from page 4)
• 44304 Acushnet Terrace—Cured. • Assessed the homeowner of 21379 Fultonham Circle for a lawn and landscaping maintenance violation if not brought into compliance within 14 days after the Board of Directors meeting. • 20784 Apollo Terrace—Cured. • Assessed the homeowner of 20796 Apollo Terrace for a property maintenance violation if not brought into compliance by November 15, 2007. • 20183 Black Horse Square—Cured. • Assessed the homeowner of 20185 Black Horse Square for a property maintenance violation if not brought into compliance by November 15, 2007. • Assessed the homeowner of 21247 London Bridge Terrace for a property maintenance violation if not brought into compliance by October 15, 2007. • Assessed the homeowner of 44189 Paget Terrace for a property maintenance violation if not brought into compliance by October 15, 2007. • Received the Board President’s report. • Received the Board Treasurer’s report. • General Manager discussed Budget & Finance Committee meeting minutes and the current status of the 2008 budget process. • Approved Ecologic Design proposal for thistle control for Lake Ashburn. • Accepted proposal from Mr. Shin for paver and deck work on the dock at the Sports Pavilion. • Proposal for lights along Ordinary Place sent back to the Facilities and Grounds Committee for further consideration. • Rejected settlement offer from the homeowner of 20961 Duryea Terrace. • Accepted attorney recommendation to write off debt as uncollectible from the homeowner of 20850 Apollo Terrace. • Approved the 2007 Annual Meeting package. • Approved the revised Misconduct Procedures and associated exhibits to be effective immediately. • Reviewed and discussed committee reports. • Received General Manager’s Report. • Received Facilities and Grounds Manager’s Report. • Adjourned at 9:55 PM. 6
Replacing Walkway Lights Around Pavilion Lake Maintaining infrastructure is among the many challenges facing our Ashburn Village Community Association. We own, in common, many buildings, recreational facilities, pathways, roads, lakes, lights, landscaping, and much more. Our infrastructure includes lighting around Pavilion Lake, originally designed and installed by the Ashburn Village Developer, and it has served us well over the years. Unfortunately, the lighting around Pavilion Lake is failing and many, if not all the fixtures, must now be replaced. Our Ashburn Village Board of Directors established a team to consider alternatives for the failing lights around Pavilion Lake. AVCA Board Member, Perry Immerman, heads the Pavilion Lights Review Team. Criteria to select replacement lights include: functionality, appearance, life-cycle cost, durability (including resistance to elements and vandalism), and impact on homeowners. Already installed are several examples of lights around Pavilion Lake. The original lights included a four foot tall bollard-type light and traditional overhead lights. The new lights under consideration include a stone structure with lights on four sides and a brick structure with lights on four sides. The new lights can be found along Ashburn Village Boulevard near Paget Terrace where the lake trail meets the trail along the Boulevard. When you walk around Pavilion Lake in the coming weeks, please take time to notice the various examples of lights we have installed. Please let us know what you like or don’t like about the types of lights we already have and the lights we are considering. Your input is important and we’d like to know what you think. Please send an e-mail to Perry Immerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to our Facilities and Grounds Manager, Mike Roberts (mroberts@ ashburnvillage.org) and tell us which light fixtures you like, which ones you don’t like, and any other input you care to share. The Ashburn Villager
Inside the Village Greetings Village residents! It doesn’t seem possible that it’s already November, and Thanksgiving and the busy holiday season are already upon us. In this month’s Villager, you’ll see a wonderful initiative that’s been undertaken by Village resident, Brooks Berger. As a result of her efforts, you will find tennis ball recycling containers outside the tennis bubble. These tennis balls will ultimately be used in classrooms here in Ashburn Village to help reduce noise. Read more about it on page 10. Congratulations to our writing contest winners! Ryan Hale (grade 3–5 division) and Lorraine Wangemann (grade 6–8 division) were our first place winners, and Taylor Hale (grade 3–5 division) and Abby Gray (grade 6–8 division) were our second place winners. Take a look at their submissions on page 14. First place winners received $50 gift cards, and second place winners received $25 gift cards. Village Kids—do you have a story that you’d like to share with us, or a restaurant that you’d like to review? Please send them to me at email@example.com. This month, we have two new faces at the Association office. Jason Bailey and Adam Puffenberger joined us in October as Facilities & Grounds Assistants. Look for them out and about working in the Village and featured in The Villager in the coming months.
We had another successful Annual Meeting this year. I was particularly pleased to receive 636 proxies, which put us well over our quorum requirement of 437. Great job getting those proxies in! One of the items that I shared during the Annual Meeting was the tremendous response that we have received to the Annual Survey distributed with the Annual Meeting packages this year. As of October 18th, we had received over 650 surveys. We will be sharing the survey results in the December Villager, and they will also be posted on our website. The morning after the Annual Meeting, we randomly selected twelve homeowners in good standing who submitted valid proxies. Those twelve homeowners each won a check equal to one month of their homeowner’s dues. It pays to get those proxies in! I cannot thank the Elections Committee enough for all of their assistance with the elections process and Annual Meeting preparation. Doug Carlson, Elections Committee Chair, was particularly instrumental in ensuring a well-run meeting. Thanks again, Doug! Have a terrific Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you around the Village!
Melissa Flewellyn General Manager
Job Opportunities with the Ashburn Village Community Association Covenants Administrator This is a full-time, non-exempt position, which is responsible for managing the lot-by-lot inspections, ensuring compliance with the Architectural Guidelines, and acting as staff liaison to the Architectural Review Committee. Salary is commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accounts Receivable Bookkeeper This is a full-time, non-exempt position, which is responsible for all aspects of managing accounts receivable, including pursuing collections. Salary is commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter and salary requirements to email@example.com. We offer a very attractive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, paid time off, and a generous retirement program. November 1, 2007
Important Numbers Mandatory Water Restrictions Ashburn Elementary School ............... (571) 252-2350 Ashburn Library ................................. (703) 737-8100 Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department ..... (703) 729-0006 AVCA Office Direct Dial ................... (703) 723-7910 Fax Line ....................................... (703) 478-8583 E-mail ........................... firstname.lastname@example.org Website .......................... www.ashburnvillage.org Dominion Trail Elementary School ..... (571) 252-2340 Dominion Virginia Power ................... (888) 667-3000 DMV ................................................. 1(866) 368-5463 Loudoun Co. Animal Control .............. (703) 777-0406 Loudoun Co. Board of Supervisors .... (703) 777-0204 Comment Line .............................. (703) 777-0115 Loudoun Co. Chamber of Commerce ... (703) 777-2176 Loudoun Co. Crime Solvers ............... (703) 777-1919 Loudoun Co. Game Warden ............... (703) 777-0445 Loudoun Co. Health Department ....... (703) 777-0236 Loudoun Co. Parks, Recreation & Community Services ......... (703) 777-0343 Loudoun Co. Public Schools ............... (703) 771-6400 Ashburn Elementary .................... (571) 252-2350 Broad Run High School ............... (571) 252-2340 Dominion Trail Elementary .......... (571) 252-2300 Farmwell Station Middle School ...... (571) 252-2320 Loudoun Co. Senior Center, Cascades ... (703) 430-2397 Loudoun Co. Sheriffâ€™s Department Administration .............................. (703) 777-0407 Emergency ...................................................... 911 Non Emergency ........................... (703) 777-1021 Community Policing ............ (703) 729-0581 x123 Loudoun Co. Traffic Hotline ............... (703) 771-5798 Loudoun Hospital Center .................... (703) 858-6000 Loudoun Co. Library Administration .. (703) 777-0368 Loudoun Co. Planning Department .... (703) 777-0246 Building Permits ........................... (703) 777-0220 Miss Utility ....................................... 1 (800) 552-7001 New Vision Trash and Recycling ....... (703) 830-7908 Saddle Ridge Apartments ................... (703) 729-0090 Sequoia Realty-Lakeshore Condos ..... (703) 723-7960 Sports Pavilion .................................... (703) 729-0581 Virginia State Police ......................... 1 (800) 572-4510 Washington Dulles Intâ€™l Airport .......... (703) 572-2700 Washington Gas .................................. (703) 750-1000 Wingler House Apartments ................. (703) 858-9507 YMCA of Loudoun County ................ (703) 777-9622 8
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution declaring a water shortage emergency and instituting mandatory water restrictions for customers of the Loudoun County Sanitation Authority (LCSA) in eastern Loudoun County. LCSA officials say the mandatory restrictions will ease demand, and if rainfall increases, help return the reservoirs to their pre-drought levels. Effective immediately, the restrictions prohibit: 1. Watering of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants or any other vegetation, except from a watering can or other container not exceeding three gallons in capacity, excluding plant nurseries, golf course greens and commercial agricultural activities. Any new grass, sod or vegetation planted since September 1, 2007 may be watered on an odd-even schedule. The over-seeding of existing turf does not qualify for this exemption. 2. Washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers or other mobile equipment, except from a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallons in capacity. Use of a commercial car wash facility is allowed. 3. Washing of streets, driveways, parking lots, service station aprons, the exterior of commercial or residential buildings or any other outdoor surfaces, except from a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallons in capacity, unless such washing is required to eliminate a hazard; 4. Operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making similar use of water; 5. Filling of swimming and/or wading pools, from an empty or less than three-quarters full condition, except for home wading pools requiring not more than five gallons of water; 6. Service of drinking water in restaurants, except upon request. Violating these restrictions is a Class III misdemeanor and carries a $500 fine for each instance. To report a violation, email email@example.com or call 571-291-7870, and provide a street address, time and date of the violation. More information about water conservation is available at www.loudoun.gov and from the LCSA at www.lcsa.org or by calling the LCSA at 571-291-7880. The Ashburn Villager
Results of 2007 Annual Meeting and Board of Director Elections The Ashburn Village Community Association’s Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, October 18 at the Lakes Recreation Center. Quorum Results The Association received 636 valid proxy envelopes for quorum. As outlined by the Association’s governing documents, quorum was 437. This number represents 10% of all owners eligible to vote – 4,372. Number of Valid Proxy Envelopes Received from 2001–2007 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 370 609 941 864 773 551 636 2007 Election Results and Term Length There were three vacancies and three candidates for the 2007–2009 term of office. By acclamation, the members in attendance at the Annual Meeting voted to elect all three candidates. Since the number of candidates matched the number of vacancies, coupled with the motion to accept all candidates by acclamation, it was not necessary to count the ballots. Rick Clements, Jennifer Horvath, and Dorothy Shannon were the homeowners elected to the Board of Directors for the 2007–2009 term. The remaining Board will consist of David Austin, Perry Immerman, Carl Levine, and Richard Nutwell. The Declarant, Chevy Chase Bank, has announced that it does not intend to appoint or elect any members to the Board of Directors this year. Board officer election results will be published in the December edition of The Villager and will be posted on the Association website. Incentive Drawings Twelve homeowners in good standing who submitted valid proxies were randomly selected to receive checks equal to one month of their homeowner’s dues. The drawing winners were: November 1, 2007
Lucy Austin Paul Collins Michael Embrey Isadore Fleischer Martin Inra Helen McLawhorn David Newman Donna Stewart Vicky Skabo Patricia Tichenour Jennifer Whimpenny William Young Elections Committee Homeowner volunteers appointed to the 2007 Elections Committee by the Board of Directors were: Doug Carlson (Chairperson) Paul Leidy Many thanks to the Elections Committee for all of their help with the elections and the Annual Meeting this year!
“Scouting for Food” in Ashburn Village Beginning November 3, 2007, Pack 1158 will take to the streets of Ashburn Village in support of Scouting for Food. The mission of the service project is for Scouts to collect food items that will be given to families requiring assistance within their local communities. This year, the Scouts will deliver empty grocery bags to neighborhood homes on Saturday, November 3, and collect food on Saturday, November 10. In 2006, our Pack collected more than 3000 lbs. of food on behalf of the Community Holiday Coalition, LINK, Inc., and Messiah’s Market. This year, with the support of Ashburn Village residents, we look to break this record. Charles Alcorn Pack 1158 SFF Coordinator 9
Lakeshore Condominium News Lakeshore Condominium Office 44190 Natalie Terrace Ashburn, VA 20147 Office Telephone: (703) 723-7960 Office Fax: (703) 723-7961 Site Manager: Susan Londos E-mail Address: Lakeshoreoffice@verizon.net Annual Meeting The following individuals were voted in to serve on the Lakeshore Condominium Board of Directors: Danielle McClain Claude Gianino Kay O’Sullivan Thomas Londos and Morris Bailey will continue to serve out their term on the Board. 2008 Budget The Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on November 1, 2007 to put together the 2008 Budget. The budget will be approved at the December 2007 meeting and mailed to all Lakeshore homeowners. PODS on Lakeshore Property Moving PODS are not allowed on Lakeshore property. It appears that people moving into Lakeshore have been placing PODS on the property. Language will be added to the Welcome Letter which is in the stack of documents a new homeowner receives to hopefully stop the placing of PODS at Lakeshore. Verizon Verizon has delayed coming out to repair the areas of where they dug to install the fiber-optic cable due to the extreme drought we are experiencing. The Board of Directors will continue to stay on Verizon to ensure that this work is done, if not before Winter then in the Spring.
The November 2007 Board of Directors meeting will be Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeshore Condominium Clubhouse 10
Tennis Ball Recycle Bin Who knew that offering 120 tennis balls to a few teachers would end with the recycling of tennis balls for a whole community and donations being made to two local schools? One e-mail and 20 reply e-mails made it clear that the people who knew about tennis balls in the classroom were the teachers. Lots of area teachers use tennis balls on the legs of chairs and tables in the classrooms to reduce the clattering sound that is made when the children move their chairs or push them under the desks. If small groups are reading or taking part in other activities, the noise makes it hard to hear and concentrate. Recycling old tennis balls, by making a 2-inch cut in the ball and placing it on the bottom of the chair and table legs, does the trick. Since every classroom has at least 20 desks and 20 chairs, most teachers need a minimum of 160 tennis balls. The Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion was contacted by Brooks Berger, the parent liaison for Dominion Trail and Rosa Lee Carter Elementary Schools, and asked to consider a tennis ball-recycling program. A Tennis Ball Recycle Bin has been placed at the main tennis courts in Ashburn Village and all donations are taken to the schools. If anyone has a large accumulation of tennis balls to donate, they are asked to notify the Pavilion (703-729-0581) or Mrs. Berger (703-7237537) and make arrangements to donate the tennis balls. Mrs. Berger is hopeful that all local tennis players will bring their old tennis balls to the Pavilion for recycling or contact their local schools to make a donation. She said, “Not all schools will be interested in the tennis balls, but usually there are least a few teachers who will use them in the classroom”. The Ashburn Villager
Around the Village Crishana Loritsch, CMCA®, AMS® Resident Services Manager firstname.lastname@example.org (703) 723-7910, x102 Fall is finally upon us . . . or at least the trees believe so. With temperatures in October still feeling like the middle of summer, the “Indian Summer” we experienced was certainly a long one. Now that the fall season has officially begun, the following are a few reminders to our residents for making the most out of this time of year. Fall foliage is a beautiful sight to behold but only on the trees themselves. Fallen leaves that are not properly disposed of can cause hazards for pedestrians and vehicle traffic alike. Wet leaves on sidewalks and streets are very slippery and can cause needless injuries. Please take the time to rake your leaves and prepare them for pick up by the trash service. A better idea—compost the leaves and use them as a nutrient-rich supplement to your garden. Don’t forget to let your children jump in the piles first—we wouldn’t want to deprive them of this simple childhood pleasure!
you are an Ashburn Village resident and have a company whose services would be useful to the Association, consider advertising in The Villager. Contact the Association’s office at 703-723-7910 ext. 100. Want to be more active in the community but don’t know how? Give some thought to joining the Neighborhood Watch Committee. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and be a part of a group dedicated to the safety and well-being of Ashburn Village residents. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. November 14, 2007 at the Lakes Recreation Center. Can’t commit to the regularly scheduled meetings? You can still help out by doing your part to be alert in the community. Watch out for your neighbors. Make note of any suspicious activity and report it to communications at the Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021. When walking your dog at night, going for a late evening run, or just taking a stroll on the many paths throughout the Village, take a buddy along. Two are always better than one. Residents are encouraged to contact me at 703-723-7910 ext. 102 or via e-mail at email@example.com regarding any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Village. I look forward to hearing from you.
With the air turning cooler (hopefully), everyone’s thoughts turn to fall landscaping but unfortunately with the mandatory water restrictions in place you may feel as though your green thumb is getting as brown as your grass. Take heart. There are several options available to add color and interest to your property without extensive planting. Try placing potted plants in your front yard. Fall mums are a great choice for adding a splash of color to any property, whether it is a townhouse, condo balcony or single family home. Look for perennial varieties and with the proper care, you can plant them in your garden and watch them return next year. Borrow some inspiration from the pumpkin patches and apple orchards all throughout the County. Bales of hay, baskets overflowing with apples, gourds, and pumpkins, lawns with carefully placed cornstalks and scarecrows add interest with minimal effort and maximum enjoyment. Get creative and you’ll be amazed at the results. Know a good contractor or handyman? Pass your referral on to your neighbor. As the lot by lot inspection process continues, the Association’s office has received several calls from homeowners in need of a reliable contractor. Who better to ask for a referral than your neighbor? If November 1, 2007
Ashburn Village Community Policing Corner
• Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas. • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps. • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
J. J. Davis, Deputy Specialist Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit – Ashburn Village 20585 Ashburn Village Blvd. firstname.lastname@example.org (703) 729-0581 x123 Fall is in full swing now and the temperatures are finally turning colder. Halloween went off without a hitch! It was a slow and quiet night in Ashburn Village for the Sheriff’s Office with very few calls for service. We added several additional units to our normal compliment of patrol deputies to assist with any Halloween related complaints. We are now getting closer to the Holiday season and I have a few reminders for everyone regarding holiday shopping personal safety. Holiday Shopping Safety • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. • Dress casually and comfortably. • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible. • Keep cash in your front pocket. 12
School Zones School has been back in session for two months now and many of you have seen the increased Sheriff’s Office presence in the school zones. Please be reminded that speeding in a school zone is not only a traffic infraction, but very dangerous. Children are a precious resource and motorists need to be cognizant of children crossing the roadways. School Zones are marked with flashing 25 mph signs and are active in both the morning and afternoon hours. Deputies are utilizing vehicle specific technologies to enforce school zone speed limits for those that disobey the laws and speed though these zones. Tickets are being issued to violators and the majority of the tickets run well over $100 for speeding. Take your time and pay attention as you pass through. Donate Your Unused Cellular Phones Remember that the Community Policing Unit has placed a bin in the lobby of the Ashburn Sports Pavilion to collect unused cellular phones. The phones are reprogrammed to dial 911 only for victims of crimes. Your old phone may just be the live-saving link to a victim in their time of need. For more information, visit www.securethecall.org. Parking Complaints Just a reminder please do not park in the fire lanes around the Village. I have received numerous complaints on this issue as well as vehicles being parked in the no parking zone at Farmwell Station Middle School. The Ashburn Villager
November 1, 2007
Village Kids Our Writing Contest Winners! 1st Place Winner (Grades 3–5)
Why I Had a Great Summer 2007 Ryan Hale 4th Grade, Dominion Trail Elementary School This summer of 2007 was awesome because I had a lot of cool stuff to do all summer long. I got to do a lot of things with my parents, hang out with my friends, and play tons of sports. It was great. When school first got out, I got to play in a Little League Tournament. My team was called the Bulldogs. A bunch of my friends were on the team, so we had fun. Right after that, my twin sister, Taylor, and I went to our grandparents’ house in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Their house is right over the hill from the Steelers’ training camp. It’s really cool that they live close to where the Steelers practice and I live close to where the Redskins practice. We went to Idlewild Amusement Park and the Soak Zone. The lines weren’t long, so we got to go on a ton of rides. Next, I went to my other grandparents’ beach home in Treasure Island, Florida. That was so fun because we got to go to the Nickelodeon Hotel, and we got to see the New York Yankees play the Devil Rays. Derek Jeter is my favorite baseball player. I’m glad I got to see him play. My grandparents have a pool in the back yard and a beach close by. We saw fireworks on the beach. Then, I went to Charlottesville with my travel baseball team called the Loudoun Longhorns. It was so fun because there was an indoor pool in the hotel for my teammates and I to swim in. We also got to go bowling together. I did pretty well. We saw UVA. It was really nice, but I think I’m going to go to Duke for college instead. After that, I went to Coach Wooten’s basketball camp. We got to see Mogan Wooten. Did you know that Mogan Wooten was the best High School coach in America? I can’t wait to play basketball again in the winter. Then, I went to my Uncle Scott and Aunt Lori’s house. First we went to Knoebel’s Park and my favorite ride there was the Looper. We also got to see one of the
best Little League World Series games in history, Ohio vs. Massachusetts. I got on TV during the Japan game. At the end of the summer, I was getting ready to go back to school. My flag football team started practicing. We’re the Steelers. I really like the players on my team. I think we’ll be good. Thank you for letting me tell you about my summer. I’m happy that I’ll get to see my friends in school again, and I can’t wait to meet my teacher. Next summer will be here soon. 1st Place Winner (Grades 6–8)
Learning About Freedom Lorraine Wangemann 6th Grade This summer I had the opportunity to go on a Baltic Capitols Cruise with my Mom. We traveled to England, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. I learned a great deal about European countries and their history. We saw castles (for example where the royalty of Sweden and Finland lives); canals (for example our ship passed through the Kiel Canal in Germany); museums (like the Hermitage Museum in Russia that has so many art objects that if you looked each item for one minute, it would take 11 years to see everything); the Berlin Wall (starting the trend to democracy in Germany); and the auditorium in Sweden where the Nobel Prizes are awarded each year. The trip taught me many things but I learned an important lesson in Russia. We traveled to St. Petersburg known for its phenomenal palaces that the former tsars used to live in. While the tsars lived eloquently in hundred-room palaces decorated in gold with well-maintained lawns and gardens, the places that the ordinary citizens lived in are very drab small apartments that they had to wait years to get. While times are getting a little better for the average Russian citizen, I learned that the Russian people don’t have the same freedoms as we do here in America. The people are limited in what they can buy, how much they can earn, and how much they can travel. Even as tourists, we were not able to get off of our ship unless we were on a tour. The government has a role in every aspect of a person’s life. In earlier times
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the Russian people starved while the people in the government had feasts. In fact, when one tsar who was particularly mean to the people was captured and beheaded, people from all over Russia sent money to celebrate his demise. The money became the fund used for the Church of the Spilled Blood. This is the domeshaped church covered in mosaics that you often see postcards from St. Petersburg. Here in America, I hear my friends complain about small things like not getting to see a movie when it first comes out or not being able to go to a concert. But these same friends can eat whatever they want, study what they want in school, travel with their parents, and live a life of freedom. I guess traveling across the world taught me to appreciate what I sometimes take for granted here in America. Freedom does not come easy. Just like the Russian people who lived a life of cruelty under the tsars, our soldiers go around the world and suffer a great deal of hardship for the price of our freedom. They give up their homes, and being with friends and family to ensure that the freedom here in the United States stays protected. I am proud to be an American and I appreciate the soldiers that defend my freedom every day by their acts of courage.
After that, my twin brother, Ryan, and I went to my Aunt and Uncle’s house near Bucknell University. They took us to Knoebel’s Amusement Park. I loved the fandango ride and the cotton candy. Also, we went to Williamsport for the Little League World Series. Instead of watching all of the games like my brother did, my aunt and I went on a boat ride. Then, we went to Lake Tobias. I was afraid the llamas would spit at me because they came up so close to us. The cutest animal was a tiny guinea pig. When we came back, we went to a tennis camp at the sports pavilion. I learned a lot, and now I sometimes go to the courts to play tennis with my friends. I also did learned my cheer competition routine at Legacy. I really loved my summer. But now, I’m ready to go back to school and see all of my friends again. I missed them. I also can’t wait to meet my teacher. My older friends say she’s awesome. Thank you for letting me tell you about my summer.
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When the summer months arrived, they brought some really fun things with them. June couldn’t decide whether she wanted to be a spring or summer month, though, so she had to be both; straddling the world of work and the world of play. Some of the gifts she brought were a show, a trip and my dance recital . . .
What I Did This Summer and Why It Was Great Taylor Hale 4th Grade, Dominion Trail Elementary School This summer was great because I got to spend a lot of time doing fun things with my family and friends. First, I went to my Grandparents’ house in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. We went to Idlewild Park and the incline in Johnstown. We also went to an old fashioned DriveIn movie. My mom grew up in that town. It was cool. Then, my family went to my other Grandparents’ beach house in Florida. We went to the pool a lot and also to the Nickelodeon Hotel. We all got slimed there. We also went to the beach. When we came home, I played with my friends and family. I played Uno and Scene it Junior, etc... A couple of days later, my Grandparents dropped off their dog, Blaze, at our house for us to babysit. He’s a cute miniature schnauzer who can do lots of tricks. He slept on my bed every night.
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Summer of Adventure Abby Gray 6th Grade
Saturday, June 30th I’ve been here a while now, and so far it’s a lot less boring that the dress rehearsal. I have played Connect Four and Fishies with Tabitha and colored and sketched. See you later. I wrote that while waiting for my tap number to come on at my dance recital. Recitals are always exciting, but it really gets exciting for me when my number is called. Then it’s like a million butterflies are jumping around my stomach, and the rest of my body tenses up so that I move rather stiffly. Fumbling about in the pitch-black wings is just a part of the experience, as is counting glowin-the-dark spots on stage to find my place. Continued on page 29
$$$$ for Our Schools They say nothing in life is free but this really is . . . and it benefits our community! What is it you ask? Linking your Giant A+ Bonus Bucks card and your Harris Teeter VIC card to one or all of the three neighborhood schools. Why? Both Giant and Harris Teeter will give our neighborhood schools money based on the purchases you make throughout the school year. How? All you need to do is stop by the Customer Service Desk at each of the stores and tell them you want to designate/link your card to one or each of the three neighborhood schools. If you are computer savvy, you can simply go on-line and designate/link your cards to the schools. You don’t need to have children at these schools to participate.
Giant A+ Bonus Bucks Program Program Duration: 10/5/07 – 4/3/08 (must designate your schools yearly) Web Address: www.giantfood.com/aplus Phone to designate: 1-877-366-2668 Ashburn Elementary: #01842 Dominion Trail Elementary: #03473 Farmwell Station Middle School: #03267
Let’s all pull together to ensure that our neighborhood schools benefit from our daily grocery shopping. Remember good schools = good home values! Harris Teeter Together In Education Program Program Duration: 8/1/07 – 5/31/08 (must designate your schools yearly) Web Address: www.harristeeter.com click on Together in Education icon Ashburn Elementary: #6048 Dominion Trail Elementary: #5871 Farmwell Station Middle School: #5900
FREE $$$$ for our SCHOOLS = IMPROVED HOME VALUES Do you have children? Are you a grandparent? Are you single? Do you live in Ashburn Village? If you have answered YES to any of the above questions then you have the power! The power to improve your home values while helping our neighborhood schools! Each year, area merchants give schools free money for additional educational assistance. You can help raise those funds. 16
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November Gardening Tips • To protect an upright evergreen from snow damage, drive a strong stake into the ground near the trunk of the tree. Tie a rope to the bottom of the stake and, using the rope, wind up the branches in a circular pattern around the tree. This is a two-person job on large trees. At the top, secure the rope to the stake. • Pinecones, Sweet Gum balls, and seedpods of many plants, such as Redbud and Milkweed, add a beautiful touch to holiday ornaments. You can still collect many of these, if you take a walk along a hedgerow or through a park or weedy field. • Twig arrangements are different and easy to make. Collect twigs with unusual features, such as Winged Elm, Corkscrew Willow, Redosier Dogwood, and Crepe Myrtle. • Leaf fall makes renovation of overgrown deciduous shrubs easier. Begin this year by removing all diseased or broken stems. Next, remove 1/3 of all remaining shoots, eliminating the oldest and tallest.
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If the bush is still too tall, cut the remaining stems to a side bud or branch. Repeat the process a second or third year to complete the renovation. • Trim hollies and other evergreens, such as Magnolia, Aucuba, Boxwood, and Pyracantha, to furnish material for Thanksgiving decorations. • If you are planning on having a live, balled and burlapped Christmas tree, dig a planting hole now before the ground freezes. Fill the hole with straw or hay to keep it from freezing. Store the soil in a garage or shed so you will have workable soil when you need it for planting the tree.
Update on Facilities & Grounds Fall Landscaping Around The Village You will soon notice some landscaping renovation throughout the Village. New trees, shrubs, turf enhancement, and fall flowers will be planted in various locations. Fall flowering annuals will be planted at the Farmwell and Ashburn Road entrances, Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion and at the intersections of Ashburn Village Blvd. and Gloucester Pkwy. Turf enhancement, maintenance and renovation programs are planned throughout the Village. Entrances Fall annuals will be planted at the Farmwell and Ashburn Rd. entrances, in addition to the intersection of Ashburn Village Blvd. and Gloucester Pkwy.
Ashburn Village Blvd. On the east side of Ashburn Village Blvd. from Sawgrass to Tippecanoe Ter.â€”Common areas shall be thoroughly core-aerated. Over seeding will be applied before and after the installation of compost. An application of a starter fertilizer will be applied to increase seed germination. On the west side of Ashburn Village Blvd. from Bruceton Mills to Saxony Ter.â€”Common areas shall be thoroughly core-aerated. Over seeding will be applied before and after the installation of compost. An application of a starter fertilizer will be applied to increase seed germination. Lakes Recreation Center New planting beds will be created in front of and on the sides of the building, also in the circle where applicable. Spade edging is to be used for definition. The grass beach area will benefit from the turf enhancement planned. Aeration of the lawn area, over seeding before and after the installation of the compost, and an application of starter fertilizer to help increase the germination of the seed. Mills Recreation Center The old existing shrubs and flowers will be removed in front of the building and new planting beds will be created where applicable. Spade edging work will be used for definition. Turf enhancement is planned for the two grass beaches that are in the pool area along with the soccer field. Aeration of the three areas and over seeding will be applied before and after the installation of the compost. Starter fertilizer will be applied to increase the seed germination. Sports Pavilion Fall annuals will be installed in front of the Sports Pavilion and in the circle in the front of the building. Section 39 A & B Common areas will be fully aerated. Over seeding will be performed before and after compost is applied. Starter fertilizer will be applied to help increase the seed germination. Section 47 & 48 Planting of trees and shrubs in four different areas. (Westmont Terrace, Harwich Square, Killawog Terrace, and Conesus Square) All plant material will be fertilized with a slow-release fertilizer, mulched with double shredded hardwood mulch and watered once upon installation.
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Village Seniors Don’t Become a Victim Loudoun County, Virginia—If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Those were the words of Loudoun Sheriff’s Investigators to senior citizens during a series of fraud awareness presentations.
whose financial advice you trust to review them. But, unfortunately, beware — not everything written down is true. • Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, state Attorney General, the National Fraud Information Center, or other watchdog groups. Unfortunately, not all bad businesses can be identified through these organizations.
Over the past week members of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit held several presentations at area senior centers and retirement communities. The senior citizens were told that they are often the target of scam artists and were advised on how not to become a victim.
• Obtain a salesperson’s name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address, and business license number before you transact business. Some con artists give out false names, telephone numbers, addresses, and business license numbers. Verify the accuracy of these items.
A case reported to the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office earlier this month sounded all too familiar. A Loudoun senior citizen was solicited by phone from a scam artist claiming she had won money in a sweepstakes. The group indicated she needed to pay a transaction to cover taxes. Fortunately, the woman did not fall for the scam. Many senior citizens, such as this potential victim, live on fixed incomes. Scam artists see senior citizens as potential victims as they may be looking for a way to help their financial situation. Most scam artists promise incredible bargains or quick money such as lottery or sweepstake winnings.
• You must not be asked to pay in advance for services. Pay services only after they are delivered.
Other scam artists may promise to do work a senior’s home at a reduced price. The work is either poorly done, or the suspects demand more money from the victim then originally quoted. These crimes often go unreported. “The senior community is often a target to these types of crimes because they are less likely to report being a victim of fraud. Often they are ashamed or even unaware they are a victim,” said Sheriff Steve Simpson, who spoke at the fraud awareness presentations. Loudoun residents are offered the following tips on how not to become a victim of a scam: • Don’t buy from an unfamiliar company. Legitimate businesses understand that you want more information about their company and are happy to comply. • Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity. If you get brochures about costly investments, ask someone November 1, 2007
• Some con artists will send a messenger to your home to pick up money, claiming it is part of their service to you. In reality, they are taking your money without leaving any trace of who they are or where they can be reached. • Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons. If you believe you are a victim of a scam, please contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.
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The Library Corner by Scott Stewart Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees
LIVE! at the Library with award-winning author MARKUS ZUSAK Thursday, November 8 @ 7:00 – Ashburn Library Please join the author of LCPL’s ONE BOOK – ONE COMMUNITY book selection, The Book Thief, to discuss this unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the human soul. Animal and Nature Tales with Bobby Norfolk Tuesday, November 13 @ 4:30 PM Join Storyteller Bobby Norfolk for laughter, silly mime and dynamic sound effects as he tells stories about animals. Bobby is a picture book come to life. You will laugh your socks off! Recommended for the whole family.
We are well into Autumn, and the Ashburn Library has programs to warm your heart and challenge your mind in November. This month, the Library presents an exciting first—the author of our One Book-One Community book this year, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 PM. Pick up your free copy at any Loudoun County Public Library Branch and join the author for a fascinating discussion of his book! We also have native American dancers, hands on science programs, story telling, local Civil War history tales, a teen murder mystery night, and the kick off or a four part Jane Austen movie series. There’s lots more; check out the details, below! • = Advance Registration Required
Come Sign with Me with Fred Michael Beam Saturday, December 8, 2:00 PM Deaf performing artist Fred Michael Beam and his onstage partner help bridge the gap between hearing and deaf audiences through a celebration of art and communication. For all ages. Sponsored by the Shelley A Marshall Foundation MORE LIVE! Tuesday, November 6 at 6:30 PM The Battle at Ball’s Bluff with Jim Morgan Calling all history buffs! Join author and battlefield tour guide Jim Morgan for a lively and interesting talk about the battle with time for Q & A afterwards. If you think you’re not a history buff be prepared to be surprised!
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Piscataway Indian Nation Singers, Dancers & Drummers Thursday, November 1, 7:00 PM The Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers appeared with actor Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves and at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian and national pow-wows across the country. The program educates and entertains audiences who want to learn more about Native American history and culture. Recommended for all ages.
The Ashburn Library serves the greater Ashburn region of Loudoun County. It has a wide selection of books, magazines, music cd’s, DVD’s and an extensive collection of books on CD for all ages. Electronic resources on selected research topics are also available. Librarians are available during all branch hours to help with information or reference questions, reading suggestions, and interlibrary loans for adults and children.
The Franklin Institute Science Museum Saturday, November 3, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM A day of wonderful science programs for the whole family: 11:00 AM – How to Build a Storm – The Weather Show; 12:30 PM – The Human Body; 2:00 PM – Hot and Cold & 3:30 PM – Chemistry. Sponsored by The Shelley A. Marshall Foundation. 20
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Tuesdays at 7:00 November 20, 27 and December 4, 11 and 18 ESL Conversation The library will be a gathering place for English learners to practice their conversation skills. All levels are welcome.
Saturday, November 10 at 3:00 PM Indian Classical Music with the Sant Nirankari Mission Youth. Celebrate Diwali! The Sant Nirankari Mission Youth will demonstrate Indian musical instruments and enchant you with the classical sound of India. Recommended for all ages.
Storytimes Baby Lapsit—Mondays at 10:00AM Teen Reading Buddies Storytime—Mondays at 4:30 PM Mother Goose Nursery Time—Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 AM Terrific 2s—Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45 AM Preschool Storytime—Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 AM Wonderful Wednesday Stories—Wednesdays at 1:30 PM After School Storytime—Wednesdays at 4:00 PM Pajama Storytime—Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Video Storytime Matinees—Fridays at 2:00 PM, November 2 & December 7 Nov: Strega Nona. Dec: The Gingerbread Man Saturday Family Storytime—Saturdays at 10:00 AM Babygarten Wednesdays at 10:00 AM or 2:30 PM, November 14 – December 19 Saturdays at 11:00 AM, November 17 – December 22. A fun and informational program that focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs and books can enrich your children’s lives from the very beginning and provide them with a foundation for later learning success. Recommended for children from birth through 18 months with a parent/caregiver. Advance registration required starting two weeks before the program. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us (Calendar of Events) or phone 703-737-8100. FAMILY & CHILDREN Fridays @ 3:30 PM, November 9 & December 14. • Spanish Storytime with Ideas in Language. This fun, interactive program exposes children to the Spanish language through stories and songs. Recommended for ages 4-7. *Advance registration required starting 2 weeks before program, limited to 30. November 1, 2007
Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 PM Fairy Tale Theater presented by Ashburn’s Teens! Love a good fairy tale? Come and watch Ashburn’s teens as they put on a performance for you. Recommended for ages 3-10. Mondays at 10:15 AM, November 19 & December 10 • Kids Explore the world with Yoga with Charlotte Freckmann Children will learn basic yoga poses and songs that will enhance flexibility, balance, coordination, self esteem and enlightenment to the world around them in this fun, energetic yoga class for ages 4-6. *Advance registration required starting 2 weeks before program, limited to 12. Wednesday, November 28 & Thursday, December 13 at 4:00 PM • What Do I Need To Know This For? Why do I need to know this? Because it’s useful! Do fun experiments and activities using the basic things you’re learning in school. Find out why it’s cool to know “this stuff”! Recommended for ages 8-10. *Advance registration required starting 2 weeks before program, limited to 24. TEENScene Friday, November 2 at 6:00 to 8:00 PM • Teen Murder Mystery Night A crime’s been committed! Follow the clues and figure out whodunnit! Pizza and soda…if you have the stomach for it. Advance registration required – limit 20. Mondays at 4:30 PM Reading Buddies Volunteers Teens! We’re looking for volunteers to read books to 3 to 5 year-olds for our Reading Buddies program. Stop by the Information Desk for an application and more details.
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Pavilion News â€œSports, Fitness, & Lots of Funâ€? Hours of Operation Monday - Friday Saturday - Sunday
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Policy Reminders 20585 Ashburn Village Boulevard (703) 729-0581 AVSP@ashburnvillage.org www.ashburnsportspavilion.org
Members are required to present their membership card upon entering the Pavilion. If a card is not presented the member may buy a new card for $3 or pay a guest fee of $10. Guests must be accompanied by a member, register at the front desk and sign in. Guest fees: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old.
The information provided here is courtesy of the Sports Pavilion. Questions regarding programs, dates or times should be directed to the Pavilion. The editor is not responsible for conflicts between The Villager publication date and AVSP program dates. Members should always ask about upcoming programs when at the Pavilion or visit the NEWLY REDESIGNED AVSP website at www.ashburnsportspavilion.org.
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LifeFitness: Rave Reviews and Training at the Pavilion The staff of the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion would like to thank all of our members who participated in the new equipment survey that was available through the month of September. We received lots of positive feedback about our LifeFitness Signature Series strength equipment, including such comments as “looks like it should last a lifetime” and “I hadn’t been here in a while because I wasn’t getting results. After a half hour on the new equipment, I feel better than a week’s worth of workouts using the old equipment.” All surveys were entered into a drawing for fitness equipment. The winners were: Scott Berger, Doug Rogers, Kathy Cohen, Rachael Casares, and Peter Choi. Congratulations to these winners, and thanks again to everyone who entered a survey! Our fitness staff is only getting better. On November 1st, a member of the elite LifeFitness Academy team
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will be stopping by the Pavilion for a tutorial session with the Pavilion fitness staff. The trainer will be working hands-on with the staff to demonstrate some of the latest and greatest workouts and exercises that can be performed using our new LifeFitness equipment. The staff is excited to experience some of the newest and most functional workouts in the fitness world and apply them to their training sessions. Don’t forget that FREE orientations on the new equipment are still available! Please contact the front desk for appointment times at 703-729-0581.
Blue Wave Swim Team Blue Wave Swim Team is accepting new swimmers. Has your child recently finished a fall sport, and is now looking for a way to remain active? The swim team holds evaluations with Head Coach EJ Amyot, Monday – Friday, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. For more information check out our website, http://avsp.squarespace.com, or contact EJ at coachej@ashburn village.org.
Ashburn Classics News The ASHBURN CLASSICS club met at The Lakes in Ashburn Village on October 13, 2007. Peggy Chapman, president, welcomed everyone and acknowledged newcomers. We had two new ladies attend the meeting with a total of 35 people in attendance. We always welcome and encourage everyone 50 and over to attend our meetings. If you are new to the area, this is a great way to meet others. Peggy began the meeting by reading a humorous message about GRANDPARENTS. Everyone knows if you are a member of the “Classics”, you are undoubtedly a grandparent, right? Wrong! We do have a few members who are not. A proposal had been made to amend the Club’s bylaws whereby the duties of the Member at Large and Membership officers would be defined in the bylaws. The amendment had Board approval and was voted upon by the members. It was accepted as presented. The Nominating Committee announced a slate of officers which would be voted on at the November membership meeting. Our guest speaker was Madeline Lynn. Ms. Lynn works with OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute, George Mason University. OSHER is new in Loudoun County, and the school wants everyone to know of the various programs which they offer. A few of the Ashburn Classics have attended, or are attending, courses offered by OSHER and speak very favorably of the program. The classes offered to older adults are lecture-style and do not have homework or tests. Most seniors today are quite active, volunteering in the community, traveling, and taking care of grandchildren or parents, but want continuing education programs in which to participate. OSHER is a wonderful way to do so.
be given a chance to ask questions and get honest answers regarding car maintenance. At our November meeting, we will be collecting canned goods and other staples which will be taken to the Holiday Coalition. Please remember to bring an item to the meeting. Boxes will be available for your donation. Our final meeting for the year will be a Christmas Brunch. The brunch will be held December 8 at the Holiday Inn - Dulles (Highway 28 South). We will have special entertainment from the Stone Bridge High School Jazz Choir. For those who have not signed up already, you can do so at our November meeting. However, please be prepared to pay for the brunch which is $28.50 per person. This is always a very special event for the Ashburn Classics and looked forward to by everyone. If you have questions or concerns about any event, please contact Pam Halston, Events Chair, 703-7717041, or let me know. My phone number is 703-7233056. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. It is not too late to order a polo shirt with Ashburn Classics printed on it. If you are interested in a shirt, please let me know. Al Graff will be happy to order one for you. This is a good way the Ashburn Classics can promote the Club. That is all for this month. REMEMBER – If you miss a meeting, we miss you! On behalf of the Board, we hope ALL of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Peggy Chapman, President Ashburn Classics
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(Elizabeth Reads) There once was a man who had a donkey. (Donkey Theme) This donkey served his master well, and for many years, he carried sacks of flour to the mill without getting tired or complaining. (“Jazz Ostinato” Bass–Matthew)
remember the rehearsals, the performance, and even the pizza that happened because of that story. I take piano lessons, you see, and over the summer, my piano teacher got together some of her students, and we retold the story of the musicians through music and narration. The performance was very short, and only family members and other piano students watched it, but the memories will last forever.
Reading the script for “The Bremen Town Musicians” is like a time machine. All of a sudden, I
August brought serveral trips—in particular, a road trip to Vermont and back . . .
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“Curious Story” will be the overture–I play at piano.
Stowe, Vermont I’m in the hotel room—a cozy place just a few steps away from the car. All right, let’s get to business. Today was fun. We had breakfast at the hotel and set off. We had a McDonald’s meal for lunch and the two Daily Attractions were Saratoga and Fort Ticonderoga. I love the Revolution, so I was excited to visit a battlefield and a fort which had been a part of it, but there was more to come. Vermont is gorgeous with its rolling farmland and green mountains, and I soon found it interesting, as well. We toured a cheese factory, the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, and ate at the Trapp Family Lodge. Vermont is very tasty, too! All in all, I think my summer vacation was the best ever because I did so many fun, interesting and exciting things. I’m a little sorry that it’s over, but I wonder what will happen next summer? . . .
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Notes from Your Neighbors . . .
· Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). · Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation. · Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working. Pancake Breakfasts: Did you know our monthly pancake breakfasts are back? They are held the first Sunday of every month from 8 a.m. until Noon. November 4th is the next date. Adults $6.00, Ages 3-8 $4.00, seniors $5.00, and under 3 is free.
Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department www.ashburnfirerescue.org Smoke Alarms The weather is changing, and as it gets cooler we are all starting up the furnace or checking out the fireplace after a long hot summer. Don’t forget to add your smoke alarm to that check list.
Santa’s Ride: The date is not yet set – early December, we are sure! Watch for info about this unique Ashburn tradition that kicks off the holiday season. Santa will lead a procession of fire & rescue vehicles throughout the streets of Ashburn sitting atop our Ceremonial fire truck—a sight not to be missed! Interested in becoming a firefighter/EMT? We are always looking for new members. Call 703 729-0006, or stop by the fire station & pick up an application. This is a community message from the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department. “We never have enough volunteers”
Every spring & fall we (like all other public safetyminded Fire Departments) remind you to reset your clocks AND check your smoke alarm batteries. Smoke alarms can act as a warning but they are only helpful if they are working properly. Every home and business should have smoke alarms that are installed correctly and tested regularly. The right way to install smoke alarms: · Put an alarm on every level of your home, including the basement. · Make sure there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. · Hard-wired smoke alarms operate on your household electrical current, and should have battery backups in case of a power outage. · If you or someone in your home is hearing impaired, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration, and/or sound. 30
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Plant Viburnums for Year Round Interest Viburnums are dependable and interesting all seasons of the year. If you select the right species you can have generous amounts of fragrant white flowers in the spring, glossy green leaves during the summer, attractive autumn foliage, and bright-colored fruits in late summer and fall. Viburnums are sturdy shrubs, easy to grow, and most are hardy throughout Virginia. Viburnums are virtually pest free, except for aphid attacks. Viburnums can be used as specimen shrubs or small trees or in border plantings as they range from small to very large. Choose a species that fits your space limitations. If properly located, the shrub should need only moderate pruning to retain a desirable form. Viburnums can be used to attract wildlife such as birds and small mammals because of the abundance of fruit produced on each bush. Plant Viburnum in a well drained, fertile soil with a mulch of wood chips or other organic material extending several feet from the base to conserve soil moisture and suppress weed growth.
The Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum) is undoubtedly the most spectacular of the family. In mid-May, large white flowers are produced in flat clusters, along horizontal branches somewhat like a dogwood. It grows eight feet tall with a slightly larger spread. In the fall, the foliage changes to a bright red and is accompanied by attractive red fruit which gradually turn black. The Koreanspice viburnum (V. carlesii) is a favorite because of its fragrant spring flowers. The white flowers emerge in late April to early May followed by red to black fruit from August to September. This dense shrub is usually rounded with stiff, up-right spreading branches. It normally reaches a height of four to five feet with an equal or greater spread. For a large tree-like viburnum to use as a specimen, select the Blackhaw (V. prunifolium). It grows 15 feet tall and has attractive white flower clusters in mid May. In the fall, shiny red leaves contrast with blue-black fruit. Low-growing forms of viburnum include the compact European Cranberrybush (V. opulus ‘Compactum’), which grows only five feet tall with good flower and fruit production even when young. A dwarf cultivar, (V. opulus ‘Nanum’), seldom exceeds two feet and does not produce flowers or fruit. These low species are useful as hedge plants. There are many more varieties of viburnum. Visit a nursery or arboretum to find out about the viburnums that will perform well in your area. Contact the Loudoun County Master Gardener Help Desk at 703-771-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions on plant selection or other horticulture topics. Debbie D. Dillion Urban Horticulturist, Loudoun Cooperative Extension
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Recent Ashburn Village Home Sales: NEW FORMAT. I decided to convert this portion of the report to a table. Hopefully it will make the information much easier to read. Please feel free to let me know what you think. Month
Single Family # Sold/Avg. Price
# Sold/Avg. Price
# Sold/ Avg. Price
4 / $635,625
13 / $372,888
1 / $285,000
7 / $605,086
7 / $376,714
1 / $288,000
Home Sales 2006–2007 Comparison: Date
Single Family # Sold/Avg. Price
6 / $611,667
7 / $605,086
# Sold/Avg. Price
16 / $390,578 -1%
7 / $376,714
# Sold/ Avg. Price
2 / $255,000 -3.5%
1 / $288,000
Dulles Area Association of Realtors (DAAR) Economic Summit: John McCain Deputy Director, Center for Regional Analysis – GMU and Lawrence Yun, Ph.D., Vice President of Research – NAR discussed the DC Regional Real Estate Market at the DAAR Economic Summit on October 11th. If you would like to view their presentations, please log onto the DAAR website at dullesarea.com. 500% TAX INCREASE in on Selling Your Home: If you’d like to sign the petition I mentioned in last month’s article, against raising the tax on home sales, you will also find a link to it on the DAAR Website, I mentioned above dullesarea.com. Jamie Munizza, RE/MAX Ashburn Village Resident, 703/858-5800
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The Critter Corner by Dr. Steve Velling Ashburn Village Animal Hospital www.ashburnanimals.com
“So you want to be a vet?” I get a fair number of people (kids and parents) who come up to me and ask what it takes to become a veterinarian. They already know it takes a love of animals, but I tell them they need a lot more than that. It takes commitment, compassion, hard work, good grades, good people skills, persistence, a curious mind, and a good sense of humor. For starters, young people need to know for sure that they want to work with and be around animals. I volunteered at an animal hospital when I was young, but I also did volunteer work at local animal shelters. When I was older, I worked with the Fish and Game officers outside of Yellowstone for a study on the local wildlife populations of Grizzly Bear and Mountain Goats, and then did some work at the LA Zoo feeding the animals, cleaning out stalls, and observing their behavior. This all gave me a well-rounded idea if I wanted to work in a hospital, out in the open, or at a shelter or zoo.
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I also did pretty well in school, which is a must to get into the limited and competitive veterinary schools in the country. Virginia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania are the closest to Ashburn, but there are others like North Carolina State, Tufts, and Cornell on the East Coast, and UC Davis and Washington State in the West. One has to do well in all areas of science, as well as math. I wasn’t too keen on math, but I stuck with it and managed to do well enough. I also think “All Creatures Great and Small” by James Herriott is a great book to read because it combines all of the attributes that I mentioned above. It’s a bit outdated medically, but still a terrific read. You may wonder how good people skills come into play, but since our patients can’t talk to us, and it’s our patients’ providers who bring them to us and tell us what’s going on, you can see how important communication is to our profession. I wish all you veterinarians-to-be out there good luck. Study hard and have fun. Till next time,
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Second Tuesday Evenings at 6:30 to 8:00 PM November 13 & December 11 • Ashburn Volunteer Knitters with LaDonna Snellbaker Love to knit? Join us each month to knit donations for area hospitals. If you are new to knitting, please bring bamboo needles and worsted weight yard (Lyon brand woolease). Advance registration required – limit 15. Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 PM One Book – One Community Book Discussion The Book Thief Join us for a discussion of the One Book – One Community 2007 book selection by Marcus Zusak. Tuesdays at 7:00 PM Middle School Book Discussion November 15 – The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler Snacks and refreshments provided. Drop by the Information Desk to pick up a copy of the book. Recommended for ages 11-14. Book Discussions—7:00 PM Monday, Nov 5—The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan Tuesday, Nov 13—One Book – One Community: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Book Chat for Busy Parents – Tuesday @ 10:00 AM Parents “book chat” while keeping an eye on their youngsters. Bring quiet toys or activities to keep the children occupied. Nov 20—The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner Kids Book Club/Discussion Thursdays at 7:00 PM November 15 • Ashburn Kids Book Club Explore one award-winning book each month, appropriate for readers aged 8-11 / grades 3-5. Enjoy a book discussion, games and refreshments. November: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by Richard Atwater. December: “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg. *Advance registration required, begins 10/4 and 11/16 – limited to 30. Books will be available at the Children’s Desk. Tuesdays at 4:00 PM November 20 • Magic Tree House Book Club Travel through time and have amazing adventures as we talk about the books, learn cool facts and do fun activities. November: “Mummies in the Morning”. Recommended for ages 7-9. *Advance registration required two weeks before the program – limited to 24.
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Mondays at 7:00 PM November 26 • Author of the Month book Club Every month we will learn about and read several books by a classic children’s picture book author and do a related craft. November author is H.A. Rey. Recommended for ages 5-8. *Advance registration required two weeks before the program – limited to 25. Tuesdays at 4:00 PM November 27 • American Girls Club Learn about American history, enjoy a book discussion and try a hands-on-historical activity. November: “Meet Josefina” or “Josefina Learns a Lesson”. Recommended for ages 7-11. *Advance registration required, begins two weeks before program, limited to 30. Thursdays at 7:00 PM November 29 Guys Read A book club for guys where we gather around books that guys like. Be one of the Guys. November: “The Dangerous Book for Boys” by Conn Iggulden. Recommended for ages 8 & up. *Advance registration required begins 10/26 limited to 30. Books can be picked up at the Youth Services desk.
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Movies Wednesday Evenings @ 6:45 PM A Four-Part Film Series Jane Austen Adapted November 14 – Mansfield Park (1999) (PG-13) November 28 – Sense and Sensibility (1995) (PG, Best Screenplay – Adaptation) Recommended for adults. Saturday, November 24 at 2:00 PM Family Movie Matinee: Polar Express Bring your pillows and blanket to get comfy! Don’t forget your favorite snacks, too. Recommended for all ages. Art @ the Library ASHBURN November 1 – December 31 Fiber Arts – Donna Sinrud See you at the Library! Scott Stewart Chairman, Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees
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The Master Singers of Virginia Announce a Powerful 13th Season The MASTER SINGERS of VIRGINIA, Northern Virginia’s premiere a cappella choral ensemble, announces its 13th Season. Tickets are on sale now for all December,Winter, and Spring concerts. Season tickets are $50 for adults and $37 for seniors or students; individual ticket prices per concert vary. Performance locations include: St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Purcellville, Saint Luke Catholic Church and Christ Church of the Redeemer in McLean. For a complete schedule, and to order tickets, please call (703) 655-7809, or visit www.msva.org. • On December 8, 9, 15 and 16, we will present an Olde English Christ-Mass by candlelight. This traditional English Christmas celebration will be accompanied by a harp and inspirational poetry. • On February 23 and 24 and March 1 and 2, we are honored to have renowned organist Paul Skevington
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join the Master Singers for a program of exquisite choral and organ music, including Bruckner’s “Mass in E Minor,” Walton’s “The Twelve,” and Poulenc’s a cappella Lenten Motets. • April’s concerts, on April 19, 20 and 26, will celebrate new life with Herbert Howells’ sublime “Requiem,” Samuel Barber’s famous “Agnus Dei,” and “Reincarnations,” and more recent music from Jaakko Mantyjarvi. In addition to their regularly scheduled venues, the Master Singers will be performing at Leisure World of Virginia in Lansdowne on Saturday, November 10 (call 703-581-1711 for details), and at First Night Leesburg on New Year’s Eve (see bluemont.org/Events for information). The MASTER SINGERS will be holding its annual Autumn Gala with a special performance and a silent auction on October 20 in Ashburn. Please call 703655-7809 or visit www.msva.org for more details. The MASTER SINGERS are dedicated to bringing the highest quality choral music to the Northern Virginia community. Concentrating primarily in 20 th and 21stcentury music, the MASTER SINGERS use their concerts to enrich, educate and entertain their audiences.
The Villager Classifieds CHILDCARE Childcare: Motherly childcare available starting September for 3 school-aged children. School pick-up available for AES students. Will tutor, make arts & such. Younger siblings welcome. Please call 571-239-9491. CLEANING Carpet Cleaning: Five rooms deep cleaned $85. Carpet stretching, repairs, installation, dyeing, 24 hour emergency water damage. Nationally certified upholstery cleaning, pet problems and protection. Quality service since 1977. We clean the White House, please call Mike for yours 703-978-2270.
expectations on every visit! Licensed/Insured/Bonded. Call for free estimate, 703-729-0447. Visit us at www.oceanbreezecleaning.com. Nilda’s Cleaning Services: Residential homes, move out-in, biweekly, monthly or special one-time service. Good references, licensed, insured. Free estimates, 50% off second cleaning, ask for Nilda or Javier, 703-2630353, cell: 571-332-0467. EDUCATION Ashburn Village Math Tutor: Eileen Geoghegan licensed and experienced specializing in SAT Prep, Algebra and Geometry. 703-729-8066, email@example.com. Reasonable costs.
House Interior (Maid Service): Carpet cleaning / commercial service. Same day service, move in, move out. Member of B.B.B. specializing in the Ashburn area. Please call Sonia 703-766-2097. www.springmaids.com. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Licensed, insured, bonded.
Ashburn Village Piano Lessons: First lesson free. Beginner and Intermediate levels. Eileen Geoghegan. $25/half hour. $35 for 45 minutes. 703-729-8066, email@example.com.
House Cleaning: Weekly, biweekly, monthly, movein, move out. Supplies provided. Excellent Ashburn references. Licensed, insured, bonded. Reasonable rates. Please call Ketty for a free estimate at 703-7714035, 703-554-2487 cell.
Speech4Kids specializes in providing speech/language therapy to children in area preschools, private schools and in the Ashburn, Virginia office. Please visit www.speech4kids.net or call Kathy Gurgick, M.S.,CCCSLP at 703-723-0004 for more information. ASHA Certified, Virginia licensed, insured.
M&C Cleaning Services: Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in, move out. Supplies provided, good Ashburn references, reasonable rates, dependable, honest. Please call Consuelo Quino for a free estimate (703) 786-7337. Ocean Breeze Cleaning Services: We provide the highest quality residential cleaning service available. We take pride in our service and will exceed your
Teacher’s Apple NOW OPEN! We offer exciting educational resources for teachers, students, homeschoolers, and parents. Come and see why learning has never been so much fun! 20937 Ashburn Road, Suite 150, RE/MAX Cornerstone Center 703- 723APLE (2753), firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Preschool has a new location in Ashburn! Part-time and full-time childcare is available from 7:30am-6:00pm in a fun and loving Jewish environment. For more information please contact Jackie at JackieW@jccnv.org. or 703-537-3035. Tutoring Available in “your” home. One-on-one instruction brings fast results, K-9th grades: reading problems-phonics, all subjects, algebra. Certified teachers experienced in helping students with reading & learning disabilities. Dave or Mary Beth (703) 3106602; email@example.com .
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The Villager Classifieds Learn to Sew! Skilled seamstress and designer who trained at Parsons School of Design (NYC) is offering private lessons and group classes to kids and adults in a comfortable home setting. Please call Demetra at (703) 652-2343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE/ WANTED Multi-Family Yard Sale, Saturday 11/3, 8am-Noon, Shy Beaver Court. QUALITY ITEMS including furniture, sport equipment, clothes, baby items, toys, and house wares. Proceeds benefit Loudoun U9 Red Girls Travel Soccer. Rain date Sunday 11/4. For Sale: Maytag washer & Electric dryer, $150 each or best offer. Also for sale: Freezer for $50, call Moe at 571-209-0795. For Sale: 7 piece drum set by Club, barely used. $150, call 703-729-2453. For Sale: Antique Asian carved, solid fruitwood desk with fold-down writing surface, circa 1900, with appraised replacement value of $3200.00, matching table valued at $750. Contact 571-223-3134. For Sale: Incredibly nice, perfect condition, solid Oak dining room set: 42"round pedestal table; 4 paddle-back chairs with removable, washable seat pads, buffet cabinet; glass-front corner cabinet, and jelly cabinet, $2100 for the entire set. Contact 571-223-3134. For Sale: Mitsubishi 65" 1080HD Rear Projection TV Gold Plus Series with 16:9 Wide Screen. Excellent condition, purchased new in August 2000 for $2600. Will sell for $750 and help with local move. Call 703203-4926. HEALTH & WELLNESS Homecare for Seniors: Visiting Angels provides Companion & Personal Care services to Seniors in their home. Meal preparation, light housekeeping, hygiene assistance, etc. Flexible schedules-days, nights, live-in, liveout. Licensed, bonded, & insured. Free in-home consultation. 571-258-0111. www.visitingangels.com/nova Melaleuca, the Wellness Company, is devoted to providing the finest wellness products available November 1, 2007
anywhere. Manufacturing and developing over 300 products from health and nutrition to bath and body. If interested in total wellness for your family, call 703858-5227. Responselink Personal Emergency Response System for Seniors: Protects in case of falls & medical emergencies with a press of a button. Monitoring Center notifies friends, family, or 911. No equipment purchase or long-term contract. 571-2831328 & next day installation! www.responselink.com. The Nation’s First Health Club Just for Kids: Fitwize 4 Kids is dedicated to empowering today’s youth by providing a fun-filled environment where children between 6 ½ and 15 learn about fitness, nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle. Call 703-421-3481 or visit www.fitwize4kids.com. Family Wellness Care: Sonak Family Chiropractic of Sterling provides family wellness care. Specializing in chiropractic care for pregnant women and children. Get healthy and stay healthy with chiropractic so that you can live an active healthy life today and in years to come. Call 703-406-0200. Visit www.drwill.net. HOME IMPROVEMENT AC Magic General Contractor: We do heating and air conditioning, drain cleaning, hot water heaters, running toilets. We replace garbage disposals, ceiling fans, lights, switches, and much more. With over 26 years experience, quality comes 1st. AC Magic. Licensed and Insured. 703-729-0224. “All-American Plumbing Company,” your neighborhood plumbing/gas contractor. Licensed and insured master plumbers/gas fitters serving Northern Virginia area for over a decade. Mention this ad and get a free home plumbing inspection. Contact us at 703327-1256 and/or email@example.com. Bowman’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.: We service/install all brands of heating and air conditioning equipment. Service/install gas logs, filter systems, UV bulb kits and humidifiers. Service contracts offered as well. Call 703-471-0451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Continued on next page 39
The Villager Classifieds Built Right Construction: Finished basements, custom bars and entertainment centers, bookcases and crown molding, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, plumbing and electrical services. And all other types of home remodeling and repairs. Call Mike for a free estimate!!! 703-380-5196. Camann Painting: Interior and Exterior, Rotten Trim Replacement, Crown Moldings and Chair Rail, Drywall Repairs. Licensed, Insured since 1987. Call Dave 703-444-4442. Fix It. Repair It. Change It. Build It. Interior & Exterior Repairs. Deck Repairs- Pressure Washing & Sealing. Electrical & Plumbing Replacements. DrywallCeramic-Painting. Bath or Kitchen Redo. Class A Contractor-Fully Insured. (703) 286-5388, www.housedoctors.com/santucci/home. Garage Doors: Replace your old garage door with a new metal insulated door. Choice of styles and colors. Licensed/Insured. Free estimates. Call Pat at 703-7241382. Handy Guy: Painting, window washing, minor plumbing and electrical, new light fixtures, shelves and closet organizers installed AND everything in between. Free estimates. 703-729-0184 evenings, 925-548-1725 days. Home Improvement Specialist: Low rates for basements, drywall, fences, decks and small jobs. 20 years carpentry experience. Member Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Excellent Ashburn Village references available. Licensed/insured. Call Chris 703771-9004.
Home Improvement Contractor: Specializing in finishing basements, remodeling bathrooms, electrical, plumbing, exterior hot tub installation, express water heater replacement, expert at waterproofing wet basements. 30 years experience. Free estimates. For all your home improvement needs, please call Marc at 703-724-0772. Honey Do Crew: Quality Home Improvement. Specializing in small jobs. Licensed, Bonded and Insured (VA License #B2705-093830). References provided on request. Call toll free 866-272-2387. Just Doors: Door installation services. Entry, patio & storm doors. Licensed & insured, www.JustDoorsVA.com, 703-421-5520. Krisâ€™ Painting Service, Inc: Do you need a painter? Let us help you. We specialize in interior/exterior painting, carpentry, power-washing, and sealing decks and homes, color consulting and faux finishing. Call for your free estimate. 571-220-0749. Letâ€™s Roll Painting: Leading Ashburn-based company providing the following services: (1) Interior painting; (2) Exterior painting; (3) Deck refinishing; (4) Trim installation; (5) Power washing. Call 703-723-9313 or 571-276-5758 or visit www.letsrollpainting.com to schedule a FREE estimate. Licensed and Insured. Master Improvement Painting: We specialize in interior/exterior painting, carpentry, power-washing, sealing decks, and repairing rotten wood. References available. Save 15%. Call for your free estimate. 703731-9651, www.masterimprovementpainting.com.
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The Villager Classifieds QRS Home Improvement: We do it all! No job is too big or too small! Kitchen and bath remodeling. Custom cabinetry, built-ins, basement finishing, exterior wood repairs. Honey-do list. Licensed, bonded, and insured. Call for free estimate. References available. 540-683-1290, QRS@yahoo.com. The Home Doctor: The Cure for What Ails Your Home. Full service company . . . interior/exterior painting, power washing, deck/fence staining, heating & a/c, electrical, carpentry, ceramic tile, plumbing, wood rot . . . if your home needs it . . . we can do it! Free estimates. 703-861-0393, PR@thehomedoctor.net. Trust Electric: 25 years of Residential, Commercial and Industrial experience that you can trust. Class-A licensed and insured. Cell 703-244-2568, 703-724-9822 or fax 703-724-9266. Water Heater Express: Replacement of water heaters. 7 days a week. Emergency service. If your water heater is 10 years old or more, do not wait for it to burst or leak! Call Marc at 703-724-0772. Wise Guys Roofing & Siding. Residential Specialist: Roofing-Siding-Gutters-Trim-PaintingWindows. Professional advice for best choice in exterior and interior improvements and repairs. No subcontractor. Lowest prices. Highly recommended. Ashburn Village resident. Licensed/Insured. Call Giovanni @ (571) 722-5543. PERFORMING ARTS Performing Arts School: Now enrolling students for Piano, Voice, Acting/Theater Programs for Fall Season!
Professional school offering premium instruction in the performing arts to students ages 4-adult. Character Education emphasized in all programs. Visit www.lopezstudios.org for more information. Performing Arts School: Join us for a spectacular weekend on Broadway that includes a Broadway Show and a Professional Workshop with the Pros! “Mary Poppins” and “Wicked” scheduled for 2008! Visit www.lopezstudios.org for more information. Broadway Bound Workshop: Join us for an intense (1) day Broadway Workshop with Broadway Actor Jodie Langel. Learn what it takes to make it in Broadway! Scheduled January 26, 2008 for ages 8-17. Visit www.lopezstudios.org for details. PET/ANIMAL SERVICES Dog Poop Got You Down?: Call DoodyCalls! We offer residential and community services to keep properties clean, safe, and pet waste free. Low rates, friendly and reliable service. Free Week with your first month. Servicing Ashburn since 2000! www.DoodyCalls.com http://www.doodycalls.com/ 1-800-DoodyCalls(366-3922). PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AC Magic, your heating and A/C specialist, with 26+ years experience, providing high quality service at reasonable rates. Living in and servicing Ashburn for 15+ years, we have always treated our neighbors with the quality and respect they deserve. 703-729-0224. Ace & Ashless Chimneys, Inc.: “Dirty work is our business!” Celebrating 31 yrs. in business. Fireplace/ furnace flues, woodstoves/inserts, dryer vents, masonry repairs. Family-owned & operated. Ashburn residents receive $10 discount with this ad! 703-406-SOOT (7668) or 703-777-4040. ASAP 24 Hour Locksmith: 703-927-0575. Remember this number for all your Locksmith needs. Locks opened, changed, repaired, or replaced. Ask for Mike (Ashburn Village Resident) Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. 24 hour services. Continued on next page
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The Villager Classifieds A Great Neighborhood Attorney: Robert Ohneiser, Esq. (licensed VA, NY & DC). Attorney-at-Law with MBA Corporate Finance, specializing in Divorce & Custody, Contracts & Litigation and Wills. Free initial email consultation followed by very fair rates. Email: OhneiserLaw@verizon.net or call 703-729-6446. Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center has moved to your neighborhood! For over 40 years we’ve been providing the speech and hearing services that Loudoun residents value. We’re now located at 19465 Deerfield Avenue, Suite 201. 703-858-7620.
Circle Blue, LLC (Computer Repair): Need computer repairs, wireless networking, virus removal, or spyware removal? Call Circle Blue for fast, fair pricing, and fixed right the first time services! We do not charge outrageous prices like other “geek” companies. Call 703-648-0810! 10% discount with this ad! Data Recovery: Has your computer crashed and you can’t get to your family photos or other important data? Mistakenly deleted a file you need? I can help! No charge if I’m unable to recover your data. Call Kevin at 703-858-1133. Gggggrrrrrrr!!: Home computer crashed? Kids installed a game and killed your computer? Computers confuse you? Email an enigma? Internet incomprehensible? Call Less Silberberg, your local Ashburn computer guy. 703-304-1130. PCs, Macs, networks. Maintenance, installation, problem solving, daytime, weekend, or evening appointments. Just in time for fall, next day fallen leaf removal: Fall is ideal for planting new trees, shrubs, and spring bulbs, fertilizing, and adding fresh mulch to keep your lawn and garden strong through winter. Call Partner Services (703) 724-4383. Mary Kay Cosmetics: Do your Christmas shopping early—holiday gifts are here! Let me be your personal holiday shopper. Please call for appointment and receive a special gift. Ask about your free pampering session and $20.00 gift certificate. Harriett Sharpe, Independent Executive Director, 703-729-4482, email@example.com, www.marykay.com/ harriettsharpe. State Farm-Insurance & Financial Services: Specializing in Retirement Planning (Investments, CD’s, Annuities, Long Term Care Coverage), and Education Savings (529 Plans, Coverdell Saving Accounts). Free Financial Review for all Ashburn Residents (mention this ad). 703-430-5884, www.florczykagency.com. T.W.A. Electric: Established in 1986. LicensedBonded-Insured. Family owned and operated. Proudly serving Homeowners, Businesses & Realtors needs. T.W.A. is a full service electrical company. 703-4504231. www.twaelectric.com
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The Villager Classifieds REAL ESTATE Buying or Selling Your Home: Hire a dedicated and knowledgeable agent who always listens and puts your needs first! Call Denis at 703-726-3425 for all your real estate needs or visit my website: www.dfahie.com. Long & Foster Realtors. Competitive Rates! Homeowner’s Insurance: Your home is your most important ASSET! The value has dramatically increased. Don’t wait until something happens to find out your coverage has not. Free insurance review for all Ashburn residents (mention this ad). 877-4-HOMEVA 703-430-5884 www.florczykagency.com. Huge SF. Home Sale/Rent: $30,000 Reduction to $525,000. 3+ BDRMS 3.5 BA. 2 car garage, finished LL. Huge Master Suite, bath. Fully landscaped fenced yard. 20917 Winola Terrace. 703-244-4941. Homes.database.com Search ID: LO6415207. Office Space For Lease: Ashburn Village Shopping Center, Suite 216- 2,955 sf. Can be subdivided into smaller suites of 952 sf, 970 sf, 1033 sf, 1985 sf, or 2003 sf. Also Suite 201- 860 sf. Available 2/08. Call John Lench, 703-918-0237. Serving You with a Passion for Perfection: The RCL Property team takes great pride in providing you with a professional, personalized, trustworthy and valuable real estate service. 20 plus year resident. Call Rick Ciccone 703-858-7205 or email Rick@RCLproperty.com Keller Williams Realty. www.RCLproperty.com. $mart Choice, Right Price! Offering 4-4.5% full service listings. Cash back to homebuyers!
Aggressive marketing strategy! No administration fees! Free moving truck for clients! The difference is dedication! Call Kristine Price 703-328-1025 or www.homesbykprice.com, Northern VA Resident for over 30 years, Samson Realty, LLC. SPECIAL INTEREST By Invitation Only Wedding Services: 20-40% off nationally advertised gowns, bridesmaids, veils, 20% off invitations, shoes, favors, attendant gifts. Day of or week of coordinating services. www.wednbell.com or call Jean 703-729-4249. FREE FOOD! Order a regular burrito on Monday to spin for free food on “The Famous Monday Night Wheel.” California Tortilla Ashburn Village, 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147. 703-7261441. Frozen Margarita Drink Machine Rentals: No ice, no blenders, no bartenders. Free setup and delivery. Rum runners, strawberry daiquiri, mud slides and more. Reserve your machine today. 703-723-1188 or www.virginiaritas.com. Get into the spirit. Hold a Spirit Night here. We’ll donate a percentage of sales to your class, team, or club. It’s a great way to raise money. California Tortilla Ashburn Village, 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147. 703-726-1441. Kids eat free on Wednesdays. Need a dinner idea? Kids ages 10 and younger eat free every Wednesday with the adult purchase of an entrée. California Tortilla Ashburn Village, 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147. 703-726-1441. Moms Club of Ashburn Village Area: An organization offering support to mothers holds meetings the third Monday of each month. We offer playgroups, field trips, Moms’ Night Out, and more! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http:// www.geocities.com/ashburnmomsclub.
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The Villager Classifieds Modern Mom: Loudoun County the only lifestyle magazine for moms with 100% reader generated content is searching for contributors! Contribute your stories, how-tos, recipes, pictures, blogs, ideas and advice. Your community needs you! Please contact us at: (571) 333-9772, email@example.com, www.modmommedia.com. Moms In Touch: Moms In Touch has a prayer group meeting in my home weekly in Ashburn Village. Please join us for one hour a week to pray for our children and schools; Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. www.momsintouch.org, Debbie 703-858-7933.
patient and good at entertaining kids. Please call 703729-2182. Babysitter and Pet Sitting: Melanie (age 16), and Neil (age 13) Hartman. Please call 703-729-2453. Babysitting: Brice Pinson, age 13. Will baby-sit 6 months on up. 3 years experience (can provide references) Please call 703-729-5642. Babysitting and Pet Sitting: Nicole Quigg, 13 years old, very responsible and enjoys kids and pets, please call 703-729-2460.
Fun Womenâ€™s Night Out: Experience laughter and learning with Slumber Parties by Angie! Host a party and earn a free shopping spree. Request a catalog. Learn about our unique business opportunity. Call today! 703-395-9857, http://www.slumberpartiesbyangie.com.
Babysitting/Pet Sitting/Tutoring: Mackenzie Scofield, 15 years old, 3 plus years of experience as a Village Helper, with significant repeat business. Babysits for ages newborn â€“ 12 years of age. Contact Mackenzie at 703-858-9707.
Brother-Sister Team-Babysitting: Danielle McLean (16) will babysit or pet sit, lots of experience. Bret McLean (13) will tutor or babysit, especially good with boys. Straight A student, Spectrum and honors classes. Please call at 703-858-0452.
Babysitter and/or Tutor: Ty Sheedlo, 13 years old. Great with kids. Babysitter training course and experience. All honors classes and Spectrum. Very
The Ashburn Villager
November 1, 2007
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Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun ................ 34 Ashburn Children’s Dentistry .......................... 29 Ashburn Eyecare Associates Dr. Robert Allen ................................ 35 & 41
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Ashburn Ice House .......................................... 44 Ashburn Village Animal Hospital ...................... 33 California Tortilla .............................................. 40 Curry’s Auto Service ............................... 17 & 40 Wesley Daczkowski, DDS .............................. 11 D&D Siding and Roofing ................................. 17 Ellington & Hulbert Family Dentistry ................ 16
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Harris Home Service ....................................... 31 Ike Lans DDS & Associates ............................ 48 Joe Kurnos Real Estate Group - Re/Max Premier .... 2
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Jamie Munizza, Realtor ........................... 32 & 43 Ocean Breeze Cleaning Services, LLC .......... 38 Olde World Painting ........................................ 32 RCC & Partners .............................................. 36 Ronald Ray Dentistry ...................................... 27 Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital .................... 27 The Boyd School ............................................. 28 The UPS Store ................................................ 42 John Wiger DDS/Orthodontics ....................... 18 Zampiello Paint Contractors ............................ 30 46
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November 1, 2007
Ike Lans, D.D.S. DENTIST Randy Binzer, D.D.S., M.S. ORTHODONTIST
Susan Propoggio, D.M.D. DENTIST
We are proud to be associated with the As seen on “Extreme Makeover”
Cosmetic Dentistry Campaign
Ashburn Village Center Shopping Plaza, Suite 166 44110 Ashburn Village Boulevard
Voted one of No-Va’s TOP DENTISTS Right here in Ashburn!
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE • COSMETIC DENTISTRY– INCLUDING VENEERS
• CROWNS / BRIDGES • TEETH WHITENING
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INTRODUCTORY SPECIALS TOOTH WHITENING
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Cleaning Special Reg. $230
SAVE $100 Reg. $600
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